For the second time in more than a week, an English footballer from the ‘gold’ World Cup team of 1966 has passed away. Roger Hunt, Liverpool’s all-time top scorer in the English league with 244 goals, died after a long illness at the age of 83. Jimmy Greaves died just over a week ago, the striker who is Tottenham Hotspur’s all-time top scorer with 266 goals.
We are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt.
The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger’s family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt 1938 – 2021.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 28, 2021
Hunt was part of the England national team that won the world title in their own country at the 1966 World Cup. The Liverpool attacker participated in all matches of his country at that tournament and scored 3 goals. Hunt thus decided the last group match with France (2-0) with 2 goals.
Attack duo with Greaves
Hunt initially formed an attacking duo with Greaves at the World Cup. However, the Spurs striker was injured during the tournament. His replacement Geoff Hurst became the hero of the English by scoring 3 goals in the final against West Germany (4-2).
Hunt played for Liverpool from 1958 to 1970. Led by the famous manager Bill Shankly, he became national champion with the ‘Reds’ in 1964 and 1966. Liverpool also won the FA Cup in 1965. In 492 appearances for the Red Brigade, Hunt scored 285 goals, 244 of which were in the league. He was relieved by Ian Rush in 1992 as the all-time leading scorer. Rush scored 346 goals for Liverpool, but in league goals he could not surpass Hunt.